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Benefits of Salvage Yards and Parts

You may be surprised to find out just how big of a role salvage yards play in various aspects of the automotive industry. From reducing carbon emissions to providing an affordable option for purchasing specialty parts, salvage yards benefit virtually everyone in the industry and can definitely help you save money on your vehicle expenses.

Every day, more and more cars are reaching the end of their lives and being taken off the road for a variety of reasons. Whether the cars have simply outlived their usefulness, are being scrapped after an accident, or if they’re facing expensive mechanical failures that aren’t worth fixing, odds are the entire car isn’t totally useless and there are likely useable parts still on the vehicle.

When a vehicle that’s reached the end of its life reaches a salvage yard, it’s first carefully drained of environmentally harmful fluids and they are recycled or disposed of as needed. Once coolant, oil, fuel, and other fluids have been drained, parts such as the gas tank, tires, brakes, batteries, and more are also removed, cleaned, and tested for resale potential. These pre-owned parts help drivers save a lot of money; It’s not uncommon for new parts that may have only cost a couple dollars to manufacture to carry a huge premium on the price tag simply because consumers don’t know any better. When you pick up a pre-owned part from a salvage yard, however, you could save anywhere from 20% to 80% compared to the part’s brand-new equivalent. Aside from the massive savings that you can take advantage of by purchasing pre-owned parts, it’s sometimes the only option for getting unique parts or parts for old or out-of-production vehicles.

Not only are salvage yards great for saving money and finding unique parts, but by reusing pre-owned parts from salvaged vehicles you’re lowering the need for new part production and helping to reduce the carbon footprint the automotive industry leaves behind. After all the useable parts are stripped from a salvaged vehicle, the remainder of the body is crushed down to a more manageable size and the metals are sold and recycled. Metal isn’t the only thing that gets reused, however; About 80% of the tires that are discarded each year are recycled and the rubber is repurposed.

Overall, salvage yards are great additions to the community and benefit drivers by providing alternative affordable options to buying auto parts. Drivers are able to find and purchase unique, rare, and out-of-production parts that are pulled from salvaged vehicles at local yards. Further, pre-owned parts in great condition can be bought at a fraction of the cost of a new part and used by drivers to keep their cars on the road for years to come. Finally, by reusing pre-owned parts and recycling old parts and vehicles, we lower the need for the production of new parts, lowering carbon emissions and helping the environment.

If you’re looking for a new trusted salvage yard to get pre-owned parts from for your car, Holbrook Auto Parts has two massive yards and multiple parts shops to service the Detroit area. Whether you’re looking to sell a junk car, buy new or pre-owned parts, have parts installed or have service done on your vehicle, you can trust the team at Holbrook Auto Parts to keep you On the Move without breaking the bank!

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Why You Should Support Your Local Auto Shop

When it comes to keeping your car in a great running condition, there are a lot of options when it comes to the maintenance you’ll eventually need to perform. Not only do you have a variety of part brands, types, and conditions to choose from, but you also have to decide where you get the service performed at. Sure, you can take care of a lot of minor repairs and maintenance items in your own driveway with the right tools and a little know-how, but eventually there will probably come a time where the job is simply too big, and you’ll need to seek professional help. This article aims to briefly cover some of the options you’ll have when it comes to auto mechanics, and why you should consider taking your car to an independent, local mechanic for your car’s repairs.

If you drive a new car that’s still under the manufacturer’s warranty, your best bet is probably going to your dealership for repairs. Although they tend to be more expensive, repairs performed at dealerships are performed by certified mechanics that are up-to-date on all the latest repairs and updates to your vehicle. This is great while you’re still under warranty, as you may save some money on the service and the mechanics will perform multi-point checks around your vehicle and report all their findings to you, helping you stay on top of your car’s maintenance while it’s still new.

Once your car has outlived its warranty period, however, things at the dealership can get a little bumpy. Now, it’s not to say that all dealerships are out to nickel and dime any customers that come in for a repair outside of their warranty, but there are definitely some cases where taking your vehicle to the dealership may end up costing you. For example, it’s been reported by consumers that some dealerships will use recalls or small routine maintenance repairs as an excuse to hit you with a pile of other repairs that “need” to be performed. That’s right – some sneaky dealerships have been known to report finding multiple expensive repairs that need to be immediately handled when a car was brought in for a small and unrelated repair. Worse yet, some dealerships have reportedly refused to fix the original problem unless everything else they found wrong is also taken care of; If you find yourself in this situation, it’s probably best you take your vehicle and money somewhere else.

Even if they aren’t using shady tactics to get you to spend more, there’s a chance that you’ll pay more at a dealership no matter how simple and quick the service is. Since dealership mechanics are all trained by the vehicle manufacturer and are always up-to-date on the latest techniques and information, you can almost always bet that their hourly service rates will be higher than what you’d pay at an independent shop. Certain repairs, when performed at dealerships, will also take longer due to dealership mechanics’ need to stick to the manufacturer’s repair guidelines. In other words, if a vehicle manufacturer says multiple parts must be removed from the vehicle to access and repair an issue, the mechanics will have to take the time to remove all those parts before servicing your car, likely driving your service hour charges up. At an independent shop, however, they may be able to get creative and access the faulty part another way and without removing other parts, making the repair quicker and cheaper for you.

Another benefit of taking your vehicle to an independent mechanic is the added flexibility when it comes to the replacement parts you use. First off, if you have an older vehicle with parts that are no longer in production, an independent mechanic might be your only option as you may be forced to use pre-owned or salvaged parts for your repairs. Even if you don’t need unique parts for your vehicle, by going to an independent mechanic you often car choose between new and pre-owned parts (which can vary greatly in price), as well as have the option between various aftermarket brands and OEM parts (which can also vary in price and quality). When you take your car in to a dealership for service, you’ll often end up paying more for new OEM or genuine parts on all your repairs.

Overall, when you have a new vehicle that’s still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, taking your car to the dealership for repairs and service might be your best option for keeping your car in great condition. Once you fall outside of the warranty period, however, you may want to consider looking for a trusted independent mechanic for your vehicle’s service. At an independent mechanic shop, you’ll likely have the option to choose between different part brands and conditions, potentially saving yourself a lot of money. You also will likely face lower hourly service rates at an independent shop, and maybe even faster repair times.

If you’re looking for affordable parts or a reliable repair shop in the Detroit area, look no further than Holbrook Auto Parts! Holbrook has multiple parts locations around Detroit, as well as a tire and glass service center and a repair center. When you need affordable parts and fast service to get your car back On the Move, there’s nowhere better than Holbrook Auto Parts!

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Auto Parts: OEM vs. Aftermarket

When it comes to replacement parts for your vehicle, you’re not only faced with a choice between new and pre-owned parts but a choice between genuine parts, OEM parts, and aftermarket parts. Although all the parts were designed to do the same thing, they often can carry vastly different price tags, and may not all perform equally. This article will quickly cover the difference between the different types of parts you can get and what kind you should buy when it comes time for you to replace a part on your car.

When a car is first made, all of its parts are genuine parts, or a part installed when a car is first manufactured and comes with the manufacturer’s logo. These are typically the most expensive parts you can buy however you know they’ll perform as intended since they are the same parts used when the vehicle was first manufactured. It’s important to note, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean that they perform better than OEM parts or even aftermarket parts, and typically you’ll only want to use a genuine part on an older/specialty vehicle that’s no longer in production, or in a restoration project.

If you want the same quality and performance as genuine parts at a lower cost, and if you’re okay with your parts not carrying the vehicle manufacturer’s logo on them, your best bet is to pick up OEM parts for your project. OEM parts, or Original Equipment Manufacturer parts, are parts built by the same company that initially made the parts for the vehicle manufacturer. This means they will boast the same quality and performance as genuine parts and they’re guaranteed to fit and work with the vehicle, however they simply were not made in conjunction with the vehicle manufacturer and thus will have a different logo.

Once a vehicle is in production, equipment manufacturers are able to buy the rights to manufacture replacement parts for the various parts on the vehicle; These are known as aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts carry the most variation in terms of price and performance when compared to other types of parts; Genuine and OEM parts are both guaranteed to perform the way your car performed when it first left the factory, however OEM parts are a cheaper option. Aftermarket parts, however, can range from low-quality, cheap parts that don’t last long to performance parts that cost more, yet perform better, than genuine parts due to advanced reverse engineering. There is also a wide range of aftermarket parts you can select from that are designed to be direct replacements for OEM or genuine parts, and therefore may not only cost less than OEM parts but can actually be installed without voiding your vehicle’s warranty.

If you’re looking to save as much money as possible on maintaining your vehicle, your best bet is to find a reliable brand of aftermarket parts to stick with and use their parts for the majority of your repairs and replacements. However, it’s still recommended you use genuine or OEM parts for things like your engine and transmission or for body parts, as you definitely want those to fit and perform perfectly on your specific vehicle. If you’d rather stick to genuine or OEM parts but still want to save a couple bucks, consider stopping by a trustworthy salvage yard and picking up tested pre-owned parts. These parts are genuine or OEM parts that have been removed, cleaned, and tested by the staff at a salvage yard and approved for continued use. These parts come from scrapped vehicles, and sometimes have little to no signs of use on them. For example, a brand-new car may get badly rear-ended to the point that repairs aren’t worth it; The entire car is scrapped but the engine, belts, tires, and more may still be in like-new condition. Because the parts were technically used, however, they can be sold at a huge discount to drivers.

If you’re looking to save money on high-quality auto parts in the Detroit area, be sure you stop by Holbrook Auto Parts! Holbrook carries a huge selection of new aftermarket parts, as well as tested pre-owned genuine and OEM parts for nearly any vehicle make and model. With multiple salvage yards and locations around the Detroit area and the option to special order or deliver parts, it’s no wonder why drivers all over Detroit choose Holbrook Auto Parts to keep them On the Move!

 

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How to Find a Trustworthy Mechanic

No matter how well you maintain your car and follow the manufacturer’s care recommendations, at some point you’re going to need to have a mechanic look at or make a major repair on your vehicle. The issue, however, is finding a trustworthy mechanic that won’t try to upsell or overcharge you for their work, yet still completes jobs quickly and correctly the first time. This article looks to quickly cover some of the things your mechanic should and should not be doing so you can better decide whether or not it’s time to find yourself a new mechanic.

One of the sneakiest ways mechanics and repair shops will try to suck some extra money out of you is by upselling repairs or diagnosing problems you don’t really have and saying they need to be taken care of immediately. Do note that it’s normal for a mechanic to take a look around your car to identify any other problems while they perform a repair, but they shouldn’t be coming back with more issues every time or constantly be trying to turn cheap repairs into long, expensive projects. If your mechanic not only performs an inspection that seemingly proves you need extra repairs, and then refuses to service your initial problem until you address the other problems they found as well, you definitely need to find yourself a new mechanic. Remember – this isn’t only about repairs that don’t really need to be done. You may actually have other small fixes you need to handle but be sure your mechanic is charging you a fair price for the added repairs before you give them the green light on anything besides what you initially came in for.

Going hand-in-hand with only suggesting repairs you actually need, your mechanic should give you a written estimate with any issues they find which describe the issue, the way it will be fixed, how long the job should take, and a price estimate. Having all this information in writing somewhere is important for a variety of reasons. First off, without having a price estimate written down somewhere, you have no leverage to negotiate with your mechanic if you come to pick up your car and the bill is significantly higher than what you expected. If you can’t prove that they quoted you at a lower price, you’re most likely going to be stuck paying the higher bill. Having your issues, solution and estimated cost in writing also empowers you to get multiple opinions and the best deal on your repair. If your mechanic isn’t willing to document the issues you’re having and what they’re charging to work on the car, the odds are they aren’t conducting honest business and you should be taking your hard-earned money elsewhere.

Even if a mechanic is documenting everything that needs to be done and isn’t adding extra repairs to your project, they can still nickel-and-dime you through their parts and labor. Some shops will only recommend expensive, name-brand parts that can significantly drive up the costs of your repairs. Although you definitely don’t want to be using cheap, low-quality parts for your repairs, spending way more for comparable parts isn’t a great alternative. On the labor side of things, make sure the timelines your mechanic gives you for repairs make sense. It shouldn’t take weeks to change your brakes, even if the shop is busy. If your mechanic’s repairs are taking unusually long, they may be trying to slow things down so they can charge you for more hours of labor.

Finding Someone New

If, after reading this article, you’ve decided that it’s time to seek out a more trustworthy mechanic, we have a couple quick tips that can help you narrow the search. First things first, first impressions do count, even for auto repair shops. Now, that’s not to say that your repair shop should be totally spotless and free of grease because, well, it’s a mechanic’s shop. But there should at least be some sense of professionalism, cleanliness, and organization to the facilities and a friendly, professional staff to help you out.

Finally, if you think you’ve found a good option but still aren’t sure, test the waters with a small repair. Take your car in for a battery replacement or oil change and see how the handle things from start to finish. If you’re happy with everything, you might have just found yourself a new go-to mechanic!

If you’re still looking for a trustworthy source of auto parts, service and repairs, look no further than Holbrook Auto Parts! Holbrook has a massive inventory of new and pre-owned parts between multiple locations around Detroit, as well as a professional repair center to handle all your repairs and installations! Stop by and experience the Holbrook Difference!

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Tips for Extending the Life of Your Brakes

It probably will come as no surprise that keeping your car’s brakes in good condition is one of the biggest factors in keeping yourself, your passengers, and your car safe on the road. Unfortunately, brake pads don’t last forever so making sure they keep performing at their best is extremely important in terms of saving money and the frustration of frequent brake replacements/service. Further, improperly maintained brakes, low-quality brakes, and brakes that have been used for too long not only can reduce your safety on the road but, if left unchecked, can cause other serious problems and expensive damages to your vehicle.

Unlike oil changes or other maintenance items that are performed at regular intervals, brake checks and maintenance may need to be performed more or less frequently or at different intervals based on a variety of factors. Things like the quality of the brake pad, your acceleration/braking habits, and even the temperature can all have a significant impact on how long your car’s brakes last. In fact, the predicted lifespan of new brake pads can range from about 25,000 to 65,000 miles just based on the manufacturer! Make sure you note the predicted lifespan of your brakes when you have new ones installed and be sure to have them inspected at or before that point, even if they seem to be working fine.

Some people may be wondering how they can tell if their brakes are going bad early. Luckily, most brake pads have a built-in warning system to let you know that your brake pads are very worn down. Most modern brake pads have a small metal tab on the side that reaches a bit above the very bottom of the brake pad. Over time, as the brake pads wear down, the metal tab will make contact with the rotor, causing that all-too-familiar squeaking sound to come from the brakes as they are being applied. That means if you consistently hear squeaking or screeching when you use your brakes, there’s a good chance that they’re in need of replacing. Besides listening for squeaking, keep an eye out for any grinding, rattling, or prolonged braking times, which may indicate your brakes need to be serviced or replaced.

Driving Tips

You’ve replaced your brake pads and know what to look for to let you know when they start to go bad, what can you do to prolong the life of your new brakes and push back their eventual replacement as far as possible? Luckily, a few simple driving tips can help you significantly reduce the amount of excess brake wear you encounter and help those brakes last as long as possible.

First things first, and for more than just for the sake of maintaining your brakes, take it easy on the pedals. Even if you’re in a rush, in the long scheme of things rapidly accelerating and waiting until the last minute to brake won’t get you where you’re going any faster. All you’re really doing is lowering your fuel economy and wearing down your brakes faster; Slamming on the brakes quickly adds extra heat and friction to your brake pad, increasing how fast they degrade and wear down. Braking from high speeds causes a similar effect – you can reduce the amount of heat and friction you expose your brake pads to by increasing your following distance and, as simple as it sounds, paying attention to the flow of traffic. If you can see and anticipate upcoming stops, you can take your foot off the gas and coast to slow down before actually applying the brakes. Finally, and this can help you get better gas mileage as well, remove excess weight and cargo from your vehicle before you drive. The more weight your brakes need to stop the more friction they encounter, which can wear them down faster.

Maintenance Checks

There are a couple simple maintenance tips to help you get the most from your brakes. One of the simplest things is to use new hardware when replacing your brakes. Some brake pads don’t come with new hardware in the box, leading to drivers reusing old hardware that may be dirty, rusted or damaged. New hardware typically doesn’t cost much and will ensure you get the best performance and lifespan out of your brakes.

Finally, make sure you have your entire brake system checked and maintained regularly. Not only does this include your brake pads and rotors, but this means checking your brake lines and having a full flush done every couple of years to clear out any buildup.

In conclusion, not only does maintaining your brake system and smart driving help keep you safe on the road, but it can increase the lifespan of your brake pads, saving you a lot of money! If you start to notice some of the telltale signs that your brakes are wearing down, make sure you have a professional check them out and service them if necessary as soon as possible; You don’t want a $20 fix to turn into a repair that costs you hundreds!

If you’re in need of brake pads, rotors, hardware, or you’re looking for a mechanic to inspect or install new brakes for you, look no further than Holbrook Auto Parts! We’ve got the best prices on OEM and new aftermarket parts around Detroit, and our expert team knows how to get you back On the Move fast!

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Tips for Keeping Your Car On The Move this Summer

Although Summer often means fun and adventure under the sun, it unfortunately also can lead to disaster for drivers that haven’t properly prepared their vehicles for the constant heat and sun. Luckily for you, following some simple Summer tips can not only keep your car feeling cooler under the scorching sun, but you’ll also keep your car running smoother and you’ll keep you and your passengers safe. First, however, let’s quickly look back at your vehicle’s various cooling systems, and what you can do to make sure yours are keeping your car in check.

As we’ve covered in earlier articles, there are a few simple things you can do to cool your car as fast as possible after it’s been sitting in the sun for a few hours. First things first, however, is preventing the car from getting that hot in the first place. Many drivers think that simply cracking the windows will allow all the hot air to escape their car, but that isn’t true. Although that may slightly slow the rate that the car heats up, a lot of hot air is still being trapped in the car and is slowly raising the temperature. There are a few things you can do to combat this, the first simply being that you make an effort to park in the shade whenever possible. Whether that’s under an awning, in the shade of a tree, or in a parking structure, staying out of the direct sun while still cracking those windows can help keep your car at least a couple degrees colder than it would be sitting in the direct sun all day.

You can further keep things cool and protect your car’s interior from sun damage and bad odors by using a sun shield when your card is parked. You’ve seen them before – they often look like opaque or reflective metallic sheets in the windshields of parks cars. These help to keep heat and sunlight from getting in the car and keep the interior shady and cool while the vehicle is parked. In case you were unaware, direct exposure to sunlight over time can damage various parts of your car’s interior, causing warping, fading, discoloration, and can also help lingering smells build up and produce an unwanted stench inside your car. Sun shades are typically fairly cheap and you can pick them up almost anywhere that sells car parts and accessories, but they definitely go a long way in keeping things cool during Summer heat waves.

On a related note, keeping your vehicle cool while it’s parked is not only important in maintaining its performance ability and appearance, but it can also save lives. Every year, distracted or fatigued drivers running around town and working make the unfortunate mistake of leaving a child, pet, or infant in their car for a short period of time, and every year this unfortunately leads to a staggering number of preventable deaths and injuries related to vehicles. The truth is, a car’s interior can raise up to or over 20 degrees in less than 10 minutes when parked in the sun on a hot day, and for an infant or pet that could easily spell death. Further, the extreme heat from a car that’s been parked in the sun can increase the effects of fatigue, cause dizziness, loss of coordination, and a handful of other problems that we don’t want someone to experience while operating a vehicle. In all, keeping your car cool in the sun not only makes your ride comfortable, but it can truly save lives in the process.

Moving away from comfort and maintaining a safe cabin temperature, the Summer sun and heat also can take their toll on different mechanical parts and systems on your vehicle, potentially causing irreversible damage and costing drivers money. The prolonged exposure to heat causes fluids to evaporate more quickly than normal, can warp various metals and other materials, and can cause rubber and plastic pieces to crack, dry out, or rot. To make sure you catch any potential problems early on before they become too costly, and more importantly to make sure you’re as safe as possible while driving around, there are a few simple checks you can perform on your own to make sure everything is holding up and working well over the Summer.

Preventing your car from overheating and leaving you stranded isn’t as hard as you might think during the warm months. Your car’s cooling system, which we have covered in earlier articles, is a pressurized closed system them moves coolant through your engine and radiator to dissipate heat. Since it’s a closed system, you should never actually see coolant on or around your car. With that being said, regularly checking under your car and under the hood for any signs of coolant leaks or excessive wear on any hoses or parts is the easiest thing you can do to catch issues before they cause real damage. You may be able to get away with topping off the coolant if you have a very slow and small leak, but since vehicle cooling systems operate under extreme pressure and must remain airtight, you should see a professional as soon as possible if you do notice any leaks, smoke, steam, or if your car is running at high temperatures.

As stated above, prolonged exposure to the sun and Summer heat can cause fluids to evaporate, and there are a lot of different fluids your car needs to run at peak performance. Make sure you regularly check the levels and condition of your wiper fluid, oil, transmission fluid, and battery electrolytes during the Summer months. Keeping these fluids topped off will keep you safe and help prevent excessive wear and tear in the heat.

Aside from checking the electrolyte levels, there are a few other battery checks you should perform to prevent a failure and a headache. Make sure your battery’s terminals are clean and the connections are secure; Temperature fluctuations can cause parts to expand and contract, potentially loosening connections. On a similar note, ensure the battery hold-down bar is tightened properly and the battery is being held securely in place.

Once you’re sure your battery is ready to tackle Summer, the last checks you should perform are on your car’s rubber. Make sure all the belts and hoses are free from cracks, glazing, tears, etc. before you close the hood. Then, check your tires for any issues. Consider a replacement if there are any bulges, swelling, leaks, punctures, and so on. Finally, check to make sure all your tires are inflated to the recommended pressure, and don’t forget to check the spare!

Keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy a sunny and fun Summer with a cool, comfortable car that runs like-new all year! Our list tip is to keep an emergency kit in your car in case you do break down – make sure you have plenty of water, some tools and flashlights, food, and some first aid items to hold you over in case anything happens and you need to wait for help.

If you’re looking for ways to prepare your car for the Summer heat, or if you need affordable options on the parts you need to get your Summer ride back on the road, make sure you shop at Holbrook Auto Parts for the lowest prices around Detroit! Holbrook carries new and pre-owned OEM and aftermarket parts for nearly all makes, models, and years; That’s the Holbrook Difference!

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Quick Tips for Maintaining Your Engine Oil

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, anyone can agree that there’s a lot that goes into properly maintaining a car and keeping it running for hundreds of thousands of miles. When it comes to the various parts of the car you need to maintain, however, not all repairs are created equally. You can get away with having some rust or dents, and although it would be unpleasant, you could technically drive without a working AC. One thing’s for certain, however, and that’s the fact that without a properly maintained and well-running engine, your car might as well be a really expensive driveway decoration. One of the easiest ways to stay on top of maintaining your engine is by properly monitoring and maintaining your motor oil.

The number one job that oil does inside your engine is keep all the complex moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and damage within. On top of lubricating your engine, however, your oil also protects against corrosion and acts as an internal cleaner in your engine, collecting sediments, metal shavings, and any other debris out of the engine when the oil is changed. Finally, oil absorbs heat as it moves through the engine, helping to regulate the temperature under the hood and prevent overheating.

 Now, just like there are different types of engines, there are different types of motor oil. Typically, they fall into three main categories: mineral (fossil fuel derived) oil, synthetic blend, or full synthetic. Although synthetic oils are almost always better at removing debris and regulating temperature than traditional oils, be sure to consult your vehicle’s manual before changing up your oil. If you really want your engine to last, your best bet is consulting your vehicle’s manual for a list of recommended compatible oils and choosing the best from those options (preferably a partially or fully-synthetic oil option, if possible).

Aside from a natural vs. synthetic oil blend, you’ll notice you also have to choose the proper grade of oil for your vehicle. The different oil ratings signify different viscosities of oil, and you want to make sure you’re using the right kind for your engine. Further still, you’ll also notice that your particular grade of oil may come in other variations, such as blends for hot or cold climates or a high-mileage blend. These oils tend to be a little heavier and are designed to help thoroughly clean high-mileage engines that potentially have more engine buildup. Once you’ve chosen the correct oil type and grade for your vehicle, consider picking up the proper variation for your vehicle’s needs to help it stay running for longer.

Now that you know a little more about which oil you should be putting in your car it’s time to go over when you should be changing your oil, and that all starts with regular oil checks. No matter how long your car’s manual says to wait between oil changes, and especially if you do a lot of city driving, you should be regularly checking the oil in your car; Most experts recommend checking your oil every time or every other time you stop to fill up on gas. Before you check your oil, make sure to drive around for about 10-15 minutes, then park and stop the car for about 10-15 minutes on level ground before popping the hood to ensure you get an accurate reading. Once you pop the hood, locate the dipstick, remove it and wipe it off, reinsert it, and check it again. You want to make sure the oil looks clean (it will be an amber-brown color and semi-transparent), and that there’s enough oil in the engine (the oil should be at least halfway up the hashed section of the dipstick).

 If your oil is looking black and sludgy, smells burnt, feels gritty/has metal shavings in it, or is low on your dipstick, it’s time for a change. Keep in mind, you don’t necessarily want to wait for these signs to change your oil; Check your vehicle’s manual for a specific amount of time or miles driven between oil changes. Typically, this will be around 3,000-5,000 miles or about three months, although newer cars may have longer intervals between changes. In short, however, you want to stick to your vehicle’s recommended schedule and perform an oil change early if any of the above-mentioned signs indicate your oil needs replacing. If you decide to change your oil yourself, make sure you use the right tools, parts, oil, and you thoroughly inspect and clean everything as you go. Finally, make sure not to overfill the oil as this can cause air bubbles to form in the engine, reducing how effectively the oil works and potentially causing overheating or other damage.

 In conclusion, there’s a lot more to oil than simply taking your car in for a change every once in a while. In order to properly maintain the health of your engine, it’s important you regularly check your motor oil and carefully stick to the recommended maintenance schedule. Use only the highest-grade oil and filters recommended in your vehicle’s manual when changing the oil and opt for high-mileage or synthetic oils when possible and appropriate. By following these simple steps, you can actively prevent costly engine damage and keep your car On the Move for years to come!

If you’re in need of oil, filters, or any other parts for your car, stop by one of Holbrook Auto Parts’ location around the Detroit area. With a massive selection of new and pre-owned OEM and aftermarket auto parts and supplies, you could save up to 50% on maintaining your car year-round!

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Recycled Tires: Putting a New Spin on Old Rubber

It seems like every year the general population becomes more and more conscious of our impact on the environment and consumers continue to make efforts to recycle – and that’s a great thing! Unfortunately, some recyclable items and materials are sent to landfills anyway due to lack of knowledge or convenience, and those items sit and pollute the environment for years. Automotive tires are unfortunately one of those frequently-trashed items, even though there are many ways to recycle and repurpose tires that reached the end of their practical life. This article will look at some of the numbers involved in tire waste and recycling, as well as some of the many ways tires can be recycled.

The very same durability that makes tires great during their functional lifespan is unfortunately their biggest downfall when they aren’t properly recycled. Due to their shape and durability, tires tend to become homes and breeding grounds for rats, mosquitoes, and other pests when they sit in landfills. Not only that, but their size and shape make them awkward and space-consuming in landfills, and they can trap gases that later bubble up and rupture landfill linings. In short, we really don’t want tires sitting in our landfills, on sides of roads, or in fields somewhere.

Some places try to cheaply solve the problem of having tires piles up and sitting around by burning them. Unfortunately, this really isn’t a great solution. Sure, it solves the problem of having tires sitting around and costs virtually nothing, but if you’ve ever seen the black smoke that comes from burning tires, you’ll know there’s no way that it’s by any means a “clean” way to get rid of the tires. Oil and other toxic compounds are used in making tires and burning them releases them into the air and environment. Plus, since tires last so long, they have plenty of other uses they can be recycled into once their usefulness on the road ends.

Each year in America, nearly 300 million tires reach the end of their functional life on the road and are discarded. To be more exact, the EPA stated that in 2017, about 294.4 million scrap tires came from the U.S. Luckily, due to increased awareness about recycling, the majority of those tires were responsibly disposed of and recycled, although about 16% still made their way into landfills. About 16 million tires are retreaded, or repurposed into new tires, but that only accounts for a small portion of the tires discarded each year. So, where do all those recycled tires go?

You’ve probably seen some recycled tires already on farms, playgrounds (as tire swings), in artwork, as bumpers on docks, or even as flower beds or gardens before. The very same durability and odd shape that make tires a costly nuisance at the landfill are what make tires a great material for creative people looking for ways to reuse and recycle materials, although this only accounts for a portion of recycled tires.

Next, using up about 8% of the tires recycled each year, are Civil engineering projects. These include things like roadway embankments, drainage fillers, insulation, bedding under roads, and so on. Here, the rubber is often shredded and used to replace various plastics and polystyrene that would otherwise be used. An added benefit to using tires in this way is that most Civil engineering uses for recycled rubber require lower cleanliness standards, meaning old and dirty tires still have a chance at being repurposed responsibly.

Moving up the ladder, recycling tire rubber for various ground applications accounts for roughly 25% of the tires recycled each year. Ground applications encompass a variety of things, some of which you’ve probably seen yourself. Recycled and shredded rubber can be used as a long-lasting and softer alternative to woodchips on playgrounds, and when further ground down it is used as bedding and artificial dirt on indoor sports fields. Taking things another direction, recycled rubber can also be used as an ingredient in the concrete and asphalt we use to pave roads and sidewalks. What may surprise you most, however, is the leading use for recycled tires.

To the surprise of many, on average 43% of the tires recycled each year in the U.S. are used as tire-derived fuel (TDF) in industrial practices. According to the EPA, those very same tires that can harm the environment when simply burned, when carefully cleaned and used in accordance to guidelines set by the EPA, are actually a viable alternative to other fuels like coal. In fact, the EPA reports that, when in accordance with their guidelines, TDFs can actually burn cleaner than coal and produce 25% more energy!

Overall, although there is an enormous number of tires reaching the end of their lives each year, more and more people are making an effort to recycle their tires, and we’re finding more ways to repurpose old tires. Between being an alternative fuel source in industrial uses, being an ingredient in Civil engineering projects, or simply being repurposed as other tires or creative projects, there are plenty of options for those looking for a way to reuse their old tires. Hopefully, with the continued effort from people around the country, we can continue to find new ways to recycle old tires and reduce the number of tires that end up in landfills each year.

At Holbrook Auto Parts we take pride in selling tested repurposed tires to our customers at discounted prices, and responsibly recycling the tires that can’t be salvaged. If you’re looking for a way to do your part in tire recycling, take the first step and save some money by considering pre-owned tires from Holbrook next time your tread looks worn down!

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The Importance of Maintaining Your Car’s Mirrors

For many reasons, it’s very important that you maintain your vehicle’s mirrors as a driver. In some cases, missing or broken mirrors can mean a costly fine, in other cases it’s unfortunately a time-consuming and costly replacement that must be done by a professional. In every case, however, driving around with broken or missing mirrors on your car poses a serious safety risk to you, your passengers, and the other drivers on the road.

In many states, there is some sort of law surrounding the mirrors on your vehicle. Although how many mirrors and which ones are required at minimum may vary from state to state, the fact that most states have at least some sort of laws surrounding mirrors shows their importance to your safety on the road.

When you have all the correct mirrors on your car in working condition and properly adjusted, you can have almost a complete view of the back and sides of your vehicle while minimizing the amount of time your eyes are off the road ahead of you. You should be able to see not only directly behind you through your rearview mirror, but you should also be able to see both sides of a car driving directly behind you. With properly adjusted side mirrors, you should be able to see the back of and slightly behind your car all the way to the side of your car where your peripheral vision ends.

Repairing or replacing a mirror on your car can vary greatly in the amount of money and effort required depending on the age, make, and model of your vehicle. For older vehicles, or if you just cracked the glass on a sideview mirror, you might be able to simply pick up a piece of replacement glass and change it out yourself. Newer vehicles, however, may have more advanced electronic adjustment systems, heating systems, or mechanisms for holding the glass in place that may require a professional to repair things for you. If you are replacing or remounting a rearview mirror, consult your owner’s manual for the proper placement and make sure you use the recommended/approved adhesive materials. Having an improperly-mounted mirror can reduce your field of vision, compromising your safety and the safety of those driving around you. If your entire mirror housing is damaged or broken, the repair may actually get a bit easier as you can replace the entire assembly at an auto parts store or vehicle salvage yard.

Overall, having a complete set of properly-adjusted mirrors on your car is one of the biggest safety factors you have control of in your vehicle. By making sure all mirrors are in the correct position and checking them before any movements on the road, you can significantly reduce the chances of you or someone around you getting in an accident. It’s best practice to repair/replace any broken or damaged mirrors your vehicle may have as soon as possible, as consult a pro if you need help.

If you’re in need of new or pre-owned mirrors for your vehicle, stop by Holbrook Auto Parts or give one of or multiple Detroit locations a call. We have an extensive inventory of automotive mirrors and glass for all sorts of makes and models, and affordable prices on them every day!

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When and How to Recharge Your Vehicle’s AC

There’s an unfortunate possibility that at some point over the years, you may need to perform an AC recharge on your vehicle. Now, your vehicle’s AC system is a precise, airtight pressurized system that won’t function properly should any leaks form. This means a normal AC system won’t naturally lose any freon over time or due to temperature fluctuations, and so long as no leaks appear later on the AC system should never need a recharge. Over time and after hundreds and thousands of miles, however, small leaks may form in the system, causing you to see a drop in your car’s AC performance. This article will quickly cover how to tell your car needs an AC recharge and the steps you can follow to recharge your AC.

There are typically a few telltale signs that your AC system has likely developed a leak and needs attention. One of the first signs you’ll probably notice is a drop in your AC performance. In other words, you may notice that the AC isn’t as cold as it was the previous Summer when you blast it for the first time this year. Since your AC system uses freon to cool the air it blown into the cabin, losing some of your freon to a leak will prevent the system from being able to fully cool the air.

There are other ways to tell that your AC system needs attention besides a noticeable drop in AC performance. Although these symptoms may be easier to spot, they typically indicate a slightly more serious problem may have occurred in your AC system. While a slight leak and minor loss of freon may simply cause your AC to blow warmer air, a more severe problem may prevent the AC clutch from engaging. The AC clutch engages at high AC settings when the pressure builds in your AC system. You may have even noticed it before if you’ve ever heard a small clicking sound when you turn your AC on full blast. Because the AC clutch relies on a buildup in pressure to activate, a severe leak/loss of freon in your AC system can lead to decreased pressure, preventing the AC clutch from engaging at all, dropping your car’s AC performance on its highest settings.

Another very obvious sign of an AC system issue is any signs of freon leaks under your vehicle. Remember, your AC system is supposed to be a closed, pressurized system with no leaks at all. With that being said, if there’s enough freon leaking out of your vehicle to notice it while parked, it’s best you take your car in to be looked at by a professional immediately. In fact, because of the precise and delicate nature of your vehicle’s AC system, it’s best you leave any repairs it needs to a professional. In the meantime, if you suspect you may have a minor leak or have been noticing a drop in AC performance, let’s quickly go over the steps you can take to recharge your AC and fix the problem temporarily until you can have your vehicle looked at by someone else.

To start things off, pop the hood and start your car with the AC on its highest setting. Under the hood there’s an AC compressor which compresses the freon in your AC system, and the compressor runs off the accessory belt. If you see the belt and pulleys moving with the AC on high, the compressor is working and you’re probably just a little low on freon. If the parts aren’t moving, that means the compressor isn’t engaging. We’ll still add freon to the system as that will help us determine whether the compressor went bad, or if there simply isn’t enough freon to cause the compressor to engage.

After checking to see if the compressor is engaging, it’s time to take a quick pressure reading of the AC system before deciding whether or not freon should be added. To take the reading, start by turning off the vehicle and looking for the low-pressure service port. You can typically spot it by looking for a black or gray cap with an “L” on it. Using the quick-fitting end attach the hose from your pressure gauge to the low-pressure service port, being careful not to pull the trigger yet and add any freon. Restart the vehicle and watch the gauge; A normal AC system’s pressure should operate at 40psi. If your reading is under 40psi, you probably have a minor leak, which should be easily fixed by a recharge. If the reading is 0psi, however, you probably have a bigger problem that needs to be addressed by a professional; A recharge won’t be enough to fix things.

Now it’s time to attach the can of freon to your hose if it isn’t already. Make sure you use the right kind of freon for your vehicle and note there are a few exceptions to what normal vehicles use. If your car is from before 1994, it may have a system that uses R12 freon, which is no longer used in vehicles. If that’s the case, you’ll need to visit a professional to have the specialized system worked on. Another exception are hybrid vehicles; Many hybrid cars use different AC systems that aren’t designed for traditional freon and using normal freon to recharge the vehicle can cause costly damages to the vehicle.

Once you’re sure you have the correct type of freon attached to your hose, and the other end of the hose is still connected to the running car, you’re ready to add some freon. Holding the can upright, carefully pull the trigger in 5 or 10 second bursts to add freon to the system, then monitor the pressure gauge for changes. Remember, the goal is to get the pressure as close to 40psi as possible without overcharging the system. Since the AC system is a closed, pressurized circuit, you won’t be able to remove extra freon without spending extra time and money at a repair shop.

Once you’ve successfully added freon and your AC system is back to 40psi, carefully disconnect the freon and hose from the vehicle and store it in a stable, safe environment out of direct sunlight. It’s illegal to dispense freon into the atmosphere, and nobody wants to pollute the air we breathe. If your recharge kit came with a UV light, or if you have one at home, you can use it to check for leaks in your AC system. You may be able to save some money doing maintenance at home if the issue is simply a loose or bad hose. Either way, it’s best to take your car to a professional as soon as possible so that they can double check that there are no major issues and can make sure your AC system is fixed back to perfect shape.

If you’re looking to buy a recharge kit, or if you want a professional to diagnose and repair your AC system for you, Holbrook Auto Parts offers low everyday prices on everything you need to recharge your AC at home. Once your AC is charged up, our trained mechanics will take care of any issues in the system and get you back On the Move in no time!

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